Pantone predicts popular colors in fashion for spring 2016
September 28, 2015 12:00 AM
A spectrum of colors that's been predicted to be popular in fashion for spring 2016 is seen in a screen grab from the report posted at pantone.com.
By Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
NEW YORK — South-of-the-border culture, a calm sensibility and blurred gender lines are just a few of the inspirations behind Pantone's top color picks for spring 2016.
Pantone, the industry's authority on all things color, released its biannual trend report in time for New York Fashion Week.
The anticipated hues for spring 2016 include: Rose Quartz, Peach Echo, Serenity (a soft blue), Snorkel blue (a rich blue), Buttercup yellow, Limpet Shell aqua, Fiesta (a fiery, yellow-based red), Iced Coffee and Green Flash.
"Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves," Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman said in a statement. "With our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation."
Many color choices are nods to nature's renewal, but Pantone also notes Cuba's resurgence as a global destination as a key influencer behind some of the report's more vibrant color combinations.
Although Pantone typically releases picks for men and women, the spring 2016 colors are dubbed a "unisex palette."
"There are truly no perceivable distinctions in color choices between men's and women's collections, both of which focus on a desire to breathe and reflect, then play," the report states.
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